MKO: Lagos Declares June 12 Public Holiday

*As group calls for national unity
The Lagos State Government has declared today, June 12, as public holiday in the state in honour of late Chief MKO Abiola who won the June 12 1993 presidential election that was later annulled by the military administration.
The holiday is to mark the celebration of the June 12 in the state.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, in a statement said the holiday was in honour of the ideals of June 12 as it represents a day that the country experienced a free and fair election.
According to the statement, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said 24 years after, the ideals of June 12 commemoration were worth celebrating.
Ambode described the day as defining moments of Nigeria’s political history that has shaped democracy.
He said that beyond commemoration, a viable democracy should be entrenched through practice of true federalism and conduct of free and fair elections.
Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation in the Netherlands, Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC) has called on Nigerians to emulate the late MKO Abiola by avoiding statements that can disintegrate the country.
President of the group, Comrade Sunny Ofehe, said Nigerians have learnt the lessons of the annulment of the June 12 election, adding that there is the need for unity in the country.
He called against hate speech, adding “The future of Nigeria and her citizens must be paramount and the quest to unite our country through democratic dividend must be their guiding principles and watchword. The outcome of such patriotism must be a clear lesson and message to everyone that those who sacrificed for June 12 did not do that in vain.”

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